The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)

Madrid seminar highlights EU - Latin America cooperation on security and defence

11/07/2018 - 14:31
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Following the "Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security Policy" presented in 2016 by High Representative Mogherini, a whole range of concrete initiatives was launched to strengthen the EU's role as a security provider for Europe and globally. In this context, cooperation with Latin America is an important element. The seminar, held in Madrid from 2 to 5 July, brought together colleagues from the European External Action Service (EEAS), EU Member States, and a wide range of Latin American countries. The meeting took stock of developments and discussed key issues such as cybersecurity in the context of hybrid threats or concrete EU action for example to support security in the Sahel region or gender mainstreaming in the EU's Common Defence and Security Policy (CSDP).

Mr. Dubois (Director – ESDC), General Bisbal Pons and Mr. Serrano (EEAS – DSG)

The European External Action Service (EEAS), at the initiative of the South American and the Partnerships and Agreements of the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate divisions, in collaboration with the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and the European Study Centre for National Defence (CESEDEN) of Spain, organized the Second Seminar of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) between the European Union and South America and Mexico.

A group of forty representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay participated, on behalf of their Ministries of Defence, Foreign Affairs and security forces. Likewise the Executive Secretary of the South American Defence School of the South American Defence Council of UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) attended.

Moreover, thirty participants from EU Member States, EEAS Headquarters and academia took part in this second edition of the CSDP seminar.

The inaugural session was celebrated by General Francisco Bisbal Pons, Director of the Spanish Armed Forces Superior School and the Deputy Secretary General of the EEAS responsible for the EU-CSDP, Mr. Pedro Serrano. They were accompanied by the Director of the European Security and Defence College, Mr. Dirk Dubois. This second edition was closed by the EEAS Executive Director for the Americas, Mrs. Edita Hrdá and Lieutenant-General Rafael Sánchez Ortega, Director of CESEDEN.

Among the new topics discussed were the sessions dedicated to cybersecurity in the current context of hybrid threats; the action of the EU, with its allies, in the management of the G5-Sahel; and the need for gender mainstreaming in the CSDP.

 

Colonel Izquierdo, Ambassador Verrijp (NL), Mrs. Villota Vaquero (EEAS – South America), Mrs. Marinaki (EEAS - Principal Advisor on Gender and UNSCR 1325), and Mrs. Joo Liem (Chile)
Colonel Izquierdo, Ambassador Verrijp (NL), Mrs. Villota Vaquero (EEAS – South America), Mrs. Marinaki (EEAS - Principal Advisor on Gender and UNSCR 1325), and Mrs. Joo Liem (Chile)

Colonel Izquierdo, Ambassador Verrijp (NL), Mrs. Villota Vaquero (EEAS
– South America), Mrs. Marinaki (EEAS - Principal Advisor on Gender
and UNSCR 1325), and Mrs. Joo Liem (Chile)


On the other hand, Ambassadors to the EU of Colombia and Mali, Mr. Sergio Jaramillo and Mr. Sékou Gaoussou Cisse, presented respectively their views on the status of the peace process in Colombia and the challenges and management of the crisis in the African region of Sahel

The group visited the Satellite Centre of the European Union (SatCen) whose headquarters are sited in Torrejón de Ardoz air base (Madrid).

 

Participants to the Second Seminar on CSDP at the SatCen
Participants to the Second Seminar on CSDP at the SatCen

Participants to the Second Seminar on CSDP at the SatCen

The seminar represented, an excellent opportunity to exchange opinions and points of view in the area of ​​security and defence with Latin American countries. Participants were able to exchange experiences and share their particular visions about future common challenges.

The participants obtained a better understanding of the role of the EU as a global security provider and the meeting permitted to exchange ideas about possibilities for further cooperation in this field.